While President Donald Trump‘s new travel ban- which we wrote about here– was set to completely kick off tomorrow, a Hawaiian Federal Court has blocked the ban temporarily.
According to court documents that were filed, the Plantiffs (the State of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh sought “a nationwide temporary restraining order that would prohibit the Federal Defendants from “enforcing or implementing Sections 2 and 6 of the Executive Order” before it takes effect. Pls.’ Mot. for TRO 4, Mar. 8, 2017, ECF No. 65.
Upon evaluation of the parties’ submissions, and following a hearing on March 15, 2017, the Courtconcludes that, on the record before it, Plaintiffs have met their burden of establishing a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim, that irreparable injury is likely if the requested relief is not issued, and that the balance of the equities and public interest counsel in favor of granting the requested relief. Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ Motion for TRO (ECF. No. 65) is granted.”
In simple terms, this means the court granted the travel ban from being stopped temporarily.
It will be interesting to see how Trump responds to this, so make sure to stay tuned.